The Washington Times - January 23, 2009, 08:39AM

The string quarter led by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Itzhak Perlman did not play live during Barack Obama’s inauguration and instead “finger synched” their performance, the New York Times is reporting.

The classical musicians pre-recorded their performance because they feared the cold weather and strong winds would hurt their instruments.

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Now Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman are going to be known as the Britney Spears and Ashlee Simpson of classical music. ¬†That’s a shame.

Organizers wanted everything to go perfectly for Obama’s inauguration. ¬†Apparently they did not factor in Chief Justice John Roberts.